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Windows 7: How do I create partition in windows 7home premium without formatting?

18 Jan 2013   #1
mmnouman

Windows 7 x64
 
 
How do I create partition in windows 7home premium without formatting?

I have laptop with with following specs;

Dell N5110
core i7
4 Gb DDR3 ram
500GB Hard Disk
2769mb Graphics


When I bought,it has only single disk drive "C" with registered Window 7 Home Premium,now I want to make partitions without formatting this window.I dont want to loose this registered window and my data as well.

Is there any method for it ??
Kindly help out.


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18 Jan 2013   #2
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

You can shrink the existing C: partition which will create what's called "unallocated space". You could then format that unallocated space (nothing happens to the original C: partition), assign a drive letter, and have a new partition. This tutorial shows how it's done using built in Windows 7 tools.

Partition or Volume - Create New

Or you may find it easier to use a free tool called MiniTool Partition Wizard. It may be a bit more user friendly.

Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
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19 Jan 2013   #3
mmnouman

Windows 7 x64
 
 

is there any disadvantage of this method............ ? will it effect on PC performance or speed...... ? or any other issue ?
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19 Jan 2013   #4
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

This article gives some pros and cons to having multiple partitions.

Advantages/Disadvantages of Partitioning a Drive

With today's larger hard drives and faster CPUs you shouldn't have any noticeable speed or performance drop.

As far as other issues, it would help to see a maximized screenshot of your Disk Management window. Your hard drive may already have other partitions besides the main C: partition. There could be a hidden manufacturer's recovery partition and/or a system reserved partition containing your boot files. If this is the case, and depending how those partitions are arranged in relation to the C: partition, it might be easier to use the MiniTool Partition Wizard because it has greater flexibility than Windows 7 Disk Management.

How To Access Disk Management in Windows 7

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EDIT: Why am I spinning my wheels when you're getting expert help with this same thread in the Installation & Setup section?

How do I create partition in windows 7home premium without formatting?
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19 Jan 2013   #5
mmnouman

Windows 7 x64
 
 

so what you suggest....... I do this or not...because I felt that my PC is slow as compared to other PC's having same specs and same manufacturer but good in performance than mine due to several partitions......

Another thing I have recovery drive of 14.65GB.......does it contain Window recovery or any other thing ?
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